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The Tenth Anniversary Program

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Joseph Planta marks the tenth anniversary of the On the Line program with clips from previous guests: Lidia Bastianich, Jesse Brown, Jovita Bydlowska, Joe Clark, Susan Delacourt, Jesse Donaldson, Roddy Doyle, David Finkel, Tom Flanagan, Charlotte Gray, Chris Hadfield, Eve Joseph, Brian Lamb, Brad Lavigne, Elaine Lui, Sean Michaels, Garth Mullins, Don Newman, Dan O’Brien, Steve Paikin, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Astra Taylor, Russell Thornton, and Miriam Toews.


Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

This is the Tenth Anniversary Program. I tape this after eight weeks away from the show, having taken a break from the pattern of booking, preparing for, and conducting interviews. I begin a new series of programs shortly, and start with this annual exercise of providing a retrospective of previous interviews. It’s a chance to get into the groove of interviewing again, as well as an opportunity to look back; a sort of valedictory, if you will. Each September, for the last five years, I’ve been culling clips hoping to provide a sketch of the notable guests who have appeared over the previous year, as well as throughout the life of the show. It’s also a chance to look back at the various subjects covered, as well as the sorts of conversations that have broken out on the program over the last decade. What follows over the next 90 minutes won’t be an exhaustive or comprehensive look at the last decade of conversations. You might want to check out the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Anniversary programs elsewhere on the website, www.TheCommentary.ca, or the actual interviews themselves, whether it was my memorable interviews with Christopher Buckley, Conrad Black, Screech from Saved by the Bell, Roy Henry Vickers, Lorna Crozier, or Susan Musgrave. Also another thing to check out might be the recent interview I gave BC BookLook on the genesis and inspiration of this hobby, this avocation I’ve committed the last ten years to. I’m asked how long I’ll continue at this, and though I highly doubt I’ll be here in another decade celebrating the 20th anniversary of this program, I’ll be here for a year or two more. I am rather certain that there have been more years of this program behind me, than there are ahead of me. But until the day that I hang it up, unplug the microphone, and shut the recorder off, I’ll keep at it, because there are still a lot of fun and fascinating people to talk with, and conversations to share online.

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